Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Obama had a secret lunch last month, The New York Times reveals, raising speculations surrounding Bloomberg's political future after completing his third term, and Obama's potential desire to get hizzoner's endorsement for re-election.
Obama asked Bloomberg what his post-mayoral plans might be-- something about which politicos across the country are deeply curious--and although it's unclear how Bloomberg responded, it's clear Obama has an invested interest in the billionaire mayor's answer.
Desperate to appear more centrist for what could be a knock-down-drag-out re-election fight this year, the Obama administration probably sees appeal in Bloomberg's fan base of moderate conservatives and conservative Democrats.
(Bloomberg has privately and unofficially endorsed another Democrat, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, to succeed him as Mayor.)
And this isn't the first time Obama and Bloomberg have rendez-vous'd.
“They speak from time to time,” Press Secretary Jay Carney said, according to The Times. “The president always enjoys an exchange of ideas and insights with Mayor Bloomberg and is appreciative of the mayor’s leadership on immigration, the economy and education, as well as his commitment to New York City.”
And yet, Bloomberg and Obama have enjoyed only a luke-warm relationship over the past three years. Obama gave a tepid endorsement to William C. Thomspon Jr. in the last mayoral election, Bloomberg reportedly told Rupert Murdoch of Obama, "I never met in my life such an arrogant man," and Bloomberg's girlfriend, Diane L. Taylor, once said of Obama's election promises, "the hopey-changey stuff, it hasn't worked out so well."
Could Obama be eyeing Bloomberg for a future administration position? It's unlikely Bloomberg would take the job. He's pretty used to having his own army after all, and hasn't had a boss in a very long time. In March of 2011, just after a botched blizzard response, the mayor pondered his future:
The mayor, a keen student of power, is privately conceding to friends that he will not be a candidate for president, a position he covets, and he is coming to grips with the reality that philanthropy, even on the sky-is-the-limit scale that he is planning, will not be enough to make him a potent force in national and international affairs.
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